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Does Evidence-Based Medicine Help the Development of Clinical Practice Guidelines? FREE TO VIEW

John E. Heffner
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From the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, Phoenix

1998 by the American College of Chest Physicians

Chest. 1998;113(3_Supplement):172S-178S. doi:10.1378/chest.113.3_Supplement.172S
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Formal methods for the development of clinical practice guidelines have emerged to address societal needs to decrease physician practice variation, slow the rise of health-care costs, monitor inappropriate care, assist clinicians to stay abreast of new clinical information, set research priorities, and promote better health-care outcomes. Evidence-based methods ensure that guidelines provide valid recommendations based on a critical appraisal of the best available evidence rather than informal, opinion-based processes.




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